Certificate IV In Accounting And Bookkeeping

Course Code: FNS40217
Study Area:

  • Online delivery
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Small business bookkeeper
  • BAS agent
  • Contract or staff bookkeeper
  • Assistant accountant
  • Finance administration officer.

  • You need to have completed VCE (or equivalent) or be of mature age and have sufficient work experience. You also need to have high level language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Course overview

Start date: 11 July 2022

Duration: 6 months (full time)

Online: 3 days per week - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm

If you have a head for numbers, great organisational skills and are a good communicator, an accounting or bookkeeping career could be just what you're looking for.

Businesses of all sizes need to maintain accurate financial records to ensure profitability and compliance with legislation and regulations. There are employment opportunities for people with strong accounting and bookkeeping skills across a variety of industries.

Some bookkeepers are self-employed or offer services on a contract basis making bookkeeping a great option for people looking for flexible working hours or the option to work from home.

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) is designed to help you gain the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for in this field. The course is nationally accredited and meets the qualification requirements needed to become a registered Business Activity Statements (BAS) Agent.*

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible to study this course low-fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

Register for one of our upcoming information sessions here

This qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers; and of those employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes preparing and lodging business and installment activity statements, and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously, and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.

Licensing/Regulatory Information Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Financial Services Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements. Persons providing a business activity statement (BAS) service for a fee or other reward must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the TPB education requirements for registration. Other conditions apply, including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Assignments

Learning options
  • Flexible delivery

Key study areas

You'll gain the skills and confidence to perform a range of bookkeeping and accounting tasks including:

  • Preparing financial reports
  • Introducing cloud computing into business operations
  • Processing financial transactions and extracting interim reports
  • Administering subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • Working effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
  • Setting up and operating a computerised accounting system (e.g. MYOB)
  • Completing business activity and installment activity statements
  • Establishing and maintaining payroll systems.

Further study opportunities
  • If you want to continue your studies after you graduate, you can go on to complete the Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217).


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,192.50
Concession - average total course fee*$638.50
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,980.00
B.   Materials average fee**$99.75
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

This page was last updated on 22/06/2022 4:59 PM